I recently emailed all members of the Beaufort County Board of Education about the superintendent Jeff Moss travesty. Later, after the repeated travesty, I emailed them again. All blocked me. So much for interest in citizen input.
For the past eight years, the Republican Party has been the party of “no!” When Sen. Mitch McConnell pledged not to allow the newly elected president to pass any legislation, they tried to do just that.
Donald Trump recently claimed, either seriously or, as he now says, sarcastically, that President Obama and Hillary Clinton are the co-founders of the Islamic State (ISIS). While this claim, along with many of his statements, is false, it was intended to elicit a favorable response from his audience and score political points.
The Clintons still do not get the perceptive and ethical implications of the operation of their foundation. To explain that “no foreign donations will be accepted once I am elected president” totally misses the point. Such is tantamount to announcing to the world, “If you want to play when I am president we have a Jan. 20, 2017 pay deadline you won’t want to miss.” At a minimum, such funding should be shut down forthwith.
I do firmly believe that we should overhaul vetting for presidential candidates. This should include, certainly, psychological evaluations, social stability studies, the ability to incorporate simple common sense, the ability to manage the economics of major organizations without going bankrupt and the ability to remember what you said yesterday.
I always begin my day with all of the anti-Trump propaganda afforded us by this newspaper. There is no shortage: from the editorials, bylines, letters to the editor, political cartoons, and those wonderful articles by “journalists” from The Associated Press and The Washington Post. Why not have some articles from The Wall Street Journal or The Washington Examiner?
Donald Trump is a very happy man. He is the star of the TV reality show, “I’m Running for President.” The story follows him in the Republican primaries where he was considered an underdog. He fought his way to the Republican nomination for president by being very unconventional and saying outrageous and insulting things about his opponents. People attending his rallies and the media loved it.
My wife and I recently returned from a short visit to Canada. We spent three days in Montreal, Quebec attending the “Just for Laughs” comedy festival and a couple of days in Maxville, Ontario, attending the Glengarry Highland Games — the largest gathering of the clans in the Americas, if not in the world, with more than 1,400 pipers and drummers on the field for the Massed Band finale.
I was struck by the irony that in Communist China, the government had to crack down on the efforts of a “group of lawyers who sought to hold the government to its own legal standards by exposing human rights violations, case by case.” The government held a human-rights lawyer for more than a year and only “released” her when she confessed to her crimes, a fate affecting more than 300 other advocates and their family members.
Good to get stung by a jellyfish? Indeed, at least if you work in beach patrol, says Mike Wagner, operations manager for Hilton Head Island's Shore Beach Service. Reporter Wade Livingston talked to one lifeguard who needs to endure no more stings to have the empathy for victims - and understanding of how to treat a sting - that Wagner wants in his staff.
Wade LivingstonThe Island Packet & The Beaufort Gazette
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